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Every Picture Tells a Story Photo courtesy of www.abeautifulmess.com We found a wonderful blog spot with DIY photo projects and this one is perfect for that built-in bookshelf in the family room. Using engineered or “blueprint” copies of your favorite photos, this can be completed in an afternoon. Engineered or blue print copies are terms used by Staples and other quick copy centers to define oversized prints. These oversized prints can be made in a variety of sizes and run between $5 and $8 a copy. Using double- faced tape and an Exacto knife, this project can be completed in little time. It’s a wonder- ful way to personalize your family room, den or reading nook. Visit http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/11/family-photo-bookshelf-project.html for detailed instructions! A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Want a way to carry your loved ones with you every day? Transfer your favorite photo to fabric and create a coin purse or small zip- pered pouch. Transferring photos to fabric is as easy as using photo transfer paper. Avery Inkjet Fabric Transfer Paper or a similar prod- uct works well and can be used with your existing home printer. Once you’ve printed the fabric, simply iron it onto a piece of can- vas and you’re ready to begin your project. Use your personalized fabric to create a coin purse or small bag to hold your cell phone, keys or spare change. You’ll be the envy of your friends when they see this neat idea. Heck, you’ll probably be asked to make one for a friend. 76 For instructions on making a small pouch with your personalized fabric, visit http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/05/mini-cotton-leather-clutch-diy.html. ◆ April/May 2017 Photo courtesy of www.abeautifulmess.com